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Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

4.11 | 1153 ratings

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3 stars For whom the bell tolls.

Oldfield's signature album is a prog classic, though it's a bit patchy in parts. Even still, it's one of the most impressive debut's of any artist. Those who are fans of instruments may surely find something in this album, as their is an array of instruments used to promising effect. Side 1 exceeds side 2 in quality.

Aside from the recognizable theme from the movie, Tubular Bells part 1 has many extraordinary and majestic passages. The closing buildup of all the instruments at the end is hypnotic, grooving, and easily stands out as the best passage. The guitarwork is quite simply exquisite and rare to find. Unfortunately, part 2 is much of a letdown. The "demonic" like voices are nothing short of laughable and cheesy, and ruin any timelessness the song might have had. The parts also seem unconnected and therefore lessens the impact the music might otherwise have. Perhaps a bit overrated as well given that following albums were much better and help from fame of the Exorcist gives it its status.

Despite some of the albums many faults, it is still a nice album that helped spawn many careers. Oldfield's Dark Side of the Moon, if you will.

OpethGuitarist | 3/5 |


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